First Word The Search for the Origins of Language

ISBN-10: 0143113747
ISBN-13: 9780143113744
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Wordis at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic apein other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.

Prelude
Introduction
Language is not a Thing
Prologue
Noam Chomsky
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
Steven Pinker and Paul Bloom
Philip Lieberman
If you have Human Language ...
You have something to talk about
You have words
You have gestures
You have speech
You have structure
You have a human brain
Your genes have human mutations
What Evolves?
Species evolve
Culture evolves
Why things evolve
Where Next?
The future of the debate
The future of language and evolution
Epilogue: The babies of Galapagos
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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